Mediation is a voluntary process of negotiation that involves a neutral third party to help facilitate conversation. The purpose of the dialogue is create open communication between the parties in dispute so that a mutually satisfying resolution is reached. The mediator does not represent either person nor do they make a decision on any of the issues. What a mediator does is empower individuals to make decisions and come to agreements that are most beneficial to their family.
Mediation can work well in a number of areas of law, but its benefits in family law are distinct. Here’s why:
- Litigation can be a costly process financially, emotionally and otherwise. This is even more so when the children are involved. Mediation and collaborative family law processes preserve relationships within the family so that people can move on with dignity and integrity
- Mediation can be more time effective and also more cost effective
- The process is customized to fit the needs of the parties
- The process is confidential
What’s the difference between collaborative family law and mediation?
The process of collaborative family law generally begins early in the process of separation. However, a couple in divorce can turn to mediation at any point during a traditional process. Bear in mind though that the more time that has elapsed before this process is introduced, the more likely it is for damage to be done.
Parties in collaborative law are always represented by counsel. In mediation, it is possible for couples to use mediation without being represented, but it’s generally not recommended.
So what’s right for you? Get in touch and let’s discuss your options today.